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Opening Up an Original Eichler Home

Opening Up an Original Eichler Home

Architect John Klopf is hanging ten on a wave of midcentury moderns in California. After graduating with a masters from U.C. Berkeley, he set up his practice in 2001, and restored his first Eichler home in 2002. Since then, his firm has taken on almost 100 Eichlers and other midcentury homes. “About 2007, we really [...]

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Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Richard Avedon’s Portraits of Power

Two seminal bodies of photography by one of the great American portraitists of the 1960s and ’70s soon will be on display in Philadelphia. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs will open on April 1 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in that city. The two projects include Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May [...]

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Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s Iconic 1960s Photos

Jim Marshall’s success as a photographer can be attributed to his insistence on one non-negotiable term from his subjects: Access to everything. “He’d rather not be paid and not eat than not have total access,” says Amelia Davis, his former assistant. A number of his heretofore unseen photos are about to be published in a [...]

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Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

Mohamad Kanaan’s New Mirror Chairs

A poem, a chair, a mirror, and a memory. That’s the essence of Mohamad Kanaan’s newest project, called Mirror Chairs The 25-year-old, who studied architecture at the American University of Beirut and earned his MFA from the Art Institute in Chicago, has created three odes to his childhood. The poem narrates a personal memory, like [...]

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Michael Graves, Architect: 1934 -2015

Michael Graves, Architect: 1934 -2015

Some of us have been filling his teakettles with water since the 1980s, while others have been filling his cookie jars with spare change for a decade or more. But it’s Michael Graves’ “Images of a Grand Tour” that fills us, in turn, with true wonder and amazement. The 257-page tome is filled with hand [...]

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Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

Vintage Lighting from Futility Studios

A biostatistician during the week, Joseph Wislar restores and customizes vintage cars on the weekends. Currently, he can boast of a ’59 Chevy and a ’65 Econoline; he just sold a 1963 Corvair. That leaves him with a bounty of spare auto parts, so he’s taken to reassembling them into new forms and functions. For [...]

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Fine Lighting by Studio Italia Design

Fine Lighting by Studio Italia Design

Studio Italia Design is a designer and manufacturer of lighting fixtures in Venice, Italy and Miami, Fla., known for its unique and high-quality lighting objects.  A+A recently interviewed David Weisinger, director of Studio Italia USA, via email: How long has the company been in business? Studio Italia Design has been the leading designer and producer [...]

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In Asheville, a New Modern Museum

In Asheville, a New Modern Museum

Duality is the theme of designer Randy Shull’s new space for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) in downtown Asheville. The center is the first of two phases, and totals just 1,300 square feet. The second, across the street from the initial 56 Broadway location, will be larger. Much of Shull’s design [...]

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Miami’s Brilliant Brillhart Residence

Miami’s Brilliant Brillhart Residence

Wood is the operative word here. As in Ipe for facing, stairs, siding, and columns. Western red cedar for shutters. White oak for flooring. And American cherry for doors and vanities. “We were lucky to get our hands on what my dad had been storing away forever,” says architect Jake Brillhart of the cherry millwork. [...]

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The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. That’s what New York industrial designer Harry Allen discovered along the way to creating his pig bank. It was to be part of his “Reality” collection of decorative objects for the home. Inspired in 2003 by the advent of reality television, Allen embarked on a “hunter/gatherer” search for [...]

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